Claire Gignac and friends is the appellation contrôlée of a band of uncontrolled musicians, varying in number, who take pleasure in composing, playing, arranging, and improvising living music … read more
FROM PURCELL TO PROGRESSIVE ROCK!
ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM MARC VALLÉE AND FRÉDÉRIKE BÉDARD BASED ON 17th CENTURY WORKS!
Wednesday 19, Thursday 20, and Friday 21 April, 2017, 8pm
Maison de la culture Maisonneuve
Claire Gignac et compagnie will present Crystal Tears under the musical direction of composer and guitarist, Marc Vallée. This exceptional program was conceived by singer and actress Frédérike Bédard and unites two musical epochs: British composers of 1970s Progressive Rock and English composers of the 17th Century.
While they may seem to be diametrically opposed at first glance, these traditions both emerged from English culture and share notable melodic and harmonic similarities. Indeed, the quality and complexity of Progressive Rock seamlessly echoes works from the Elizabethan era: Frank Zappa versus John Dowland; Genesis and Gentle Giant versus Thomas Morley, Gibbons, and Purcell. A stunning and out-of-the-ordinary aesthetic meeting!
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Frédérike Bédard, concept, keyboard, solo voice
Marc Vallée, musical direction, guitars, lap steel, bass clarinet, voice
Vincent Réhel, keyboards
Mario Légaré, bass, stick, contrabass, voice
Christian Paré, drums, percussion, voice
Artistic Direction: Claire Gignac
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$30 (general admission), $25 (members of UDA, Guilde), $15 (students) tax included, service charge applies
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Chinatown Blues, in Los Angeles
- Performances: May 29 and 30, 2015 at 8:30 pm
Claire Gignac and friends and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Los Angeles choreographer Heidi Duckler and multi-instrumentalist and composer Claire Gignac joined forces to create a unique performance in a rather unusual place. A stimulating encounter between living music and contemporary dance.
Called “the reigning queen of site-specific performance,” by the L.A. Times, Heidi Duckler has choreographed more than 100 original dance works at unique sites around the world (Russia, Denmark, Hong Kong, New York, etc.). She received numerous awards and honors throughout her carreer.
Notes de chevet
Notes de chevet music and dance
Inspired by Makura no sōshi(The Pillow Book) by Lady Sei Shōnagon (Japan, around the year 1000), this show offers a real interaction between music, dance and poetry.